Coral reefs of the Florida Keys are unique national treasures. In general, reefs cover less than 1 percent of the ocean floor but support about 25 percent of marine life. However, reefs around the world are declining due to climate change, ocean acidification, coral disease, overfishing and other stressors.
At the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration on Summerland Key, Florida, we raise and study more than 20 species of hard corals, using fragments “rescued” by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary following boat groundings and other disturbances. In particular, we developed a micro-fragmentation and fusion method to speed the growth of brain, boulder and star corals — crucial reef-building species known for their slow growth in the wild.
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